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DELL XPS 13 2 Core Intel Core I5-2xxx 1.6GHz 4GB 128GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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20 Reasons For

16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The DELL XPS 13 has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the XPS 13. Most of the portable PCs that are a comparable age to the XPS 13 only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), however this DELL notebook PC has 16 PCI Express lanes (max).

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Across all the portable PCs of this type and age the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 660MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. At 1,150 megahertz, the DELL XPS 13 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the XPS 13.

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DELL Has Good Laptop Reviews

DELL has good average ratings for its medium processor core laptops as well as across its entire laptop range compared to other manufacturers.

SSD Storage Medium

The DELL XPS 13 has an SSD storage medium which is better than most medium processor core laptops that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

An SSD storage medium is actually the best storage medium amongst all portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the XPS 13.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage medium amongst similar types of laptop.

We compared this laptop to all the other laptops that have an SSD storage media and we think the XPS 13, and the XPS 13 both from DELL which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If you want a laptop with a better storage medium then you might also want to look at the T420s (SSD), or the X1 Carbon (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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16.78 Million Colours Supported Number of Colours Display

This laptop has a 16.78 million colours supported number of colours display, which is typical of many notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The DELL XPS 13 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the XPS 13.

Other laptops with a full-size keyboard currently available which you might want to look at include the Lenovo L540 which is cheaper.

We think you might also be interested in alternative laptops which also have a full-size keyboard including the Lenovo ThinkPad X240, or the DELL XPS 15.

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Has a Front Camera

The DELL XPS 13 has a front camera, as do most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been around for more than two years.

Alternative portable PCs with a front camera currently available that you might want to look at include the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 which has better reviews; or the Lenovo L540 which is cheaper.

We think you might also be interested in alternative portable PCs which also have a front camera including the HP EliteBook 820 G1.

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1,066MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The DELL XPS 13 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most portable PCs that came out around the same time as it. This notebook PC supports a 1,066MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all comparable spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the XPS 13 the best memory clock speeds supported by processor is 1,600MHz and the worst is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

The DELL XPS 13 has a better storage medium than most portable PCs of this age and spec. This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, whereas most medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago have an HDD storage medium.

An SSD storage medium is in fact the best storage medium across all similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

Across similar types of laptop the worst storage medium is HDD.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on similar spec laptops that were launched around the same time as it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most frequently found operating system architecture on notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to it.

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Six Battery Cells

The DELL XPS 13 is a six battery cell count portable PC. Most of the other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the XPS 13 have between one and eight battery cells.

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Quite Big Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the XPS 13 is 0.94MP. With a megapixel count of 1.3 megapixels, the DELL XPS 13 has a fairly big megapixel count compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the XPS 13.

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AC Cable Included

This notebook PC has an AC cable included, which is typical of many medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to it.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and type.

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Light

At only 1.4 kilograms, the DELL XPS 13 is fairly light compared to most of the other portable PCs that are a comparable age to the XPS 13. The average weight of medium processor core laptops that are a comparable age to the XPS 13 is 2.2kg, and the weights range from 300g to 3.8kg.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the Lenovo T420s (1.7kg).

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Shallow

When compared to other medium processor core laptops that have been around for more than two years, the depth of the DELL XPS 13 of only 8.1 inches is one of the shallowest. Portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the XPS 13 have depths of between 8" and 15", and the average depth is 9.5".

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Narrow

The widths of medium processor core laptops that came out around the same time as the XPS 13 range from 9.6" to 17". At only 12.4 inches, the DELL XPS 13 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.

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Narrow

The narrowest comparable spec laptop that has been available for more than two years is 28mm wide and the widest is 430mm. The DELL XPS 13 is one of the narrower comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the XPS 13 (only 316 millimeters) amongst medium processor core laptops of this age.

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21 Reasons Against

Quite Slow Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth

The average maximum processor memory bandwidth of notebook PCs of this age and spec is 25GB/s. At only 21.3 gigabytes per second, the DELL XPS 13 has a quite slow maximum processor memory bandwidth compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the XPS 13.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

Similar spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the XPS 13 have maximum internal memory supported by processors of between 2GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 23GB. The maximum internal memory supported by processor of the DELL XPS 13 of only 8 gigabytes is one of the smallest amongst notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the XPS 13.

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Only Two Displays Supported by On-Board Grap

Most notebook PCs of this age and spec use two displays supported by on-board grap, including the DELL XPS 13 which uses two displays supported by on-board grap.

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Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

Most notebook PCs of this age and spec have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the DELL XPS 13 which has one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

Across all the portable PCs of this spec and age the total storage capacity range from 1GB to 1.5TB, and the average total storage capacity is 530GB. At only 128 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 13 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the XPS 13.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the HP EliteBook 820 G1 (180GB), or the Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch (180GB) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The average screen size of laptops of a comparable age and spec to the XPS 13 is 15", and the screen sizes range from 10" to 18". With a screen size of only 13.3 inches, the DELL XPS 13 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that came out around the same time as the XPS 13.

If this notebook PC screen size is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Lenovo T440 (14" and cheaper), or the Toshiba Tecra Z40 (14" and cheaper).

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of notebook PCs of this age and spec range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz. With a processor clock speed of only 1.6 gigahertz, the DELL XPS 13 has one of the slower processor clock speeds amongst notebook PCs of this age.

If you want a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the HP Pro (1.7GHz and cheaper) or the DELL XPS 13 (1.7GHz and higher rated), or the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 (1.7GHz and higher rated).

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many laptops of a similar spec and age to it.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 13 has one of the smaller internal memory amongst medium processor core laptops of this age. Across all the laptops of a similar type and age to the XPS 13 the internal memory range from 1GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 5.3GB.

If you want a laptop with a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the L55T (6GB), or the Tecra Z40 (8GB) both from Toshiba which is also cheaper.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of only 1,333 megahertz, the DELL XPS 13 has one of the slower memory clock speeds amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age. The slowest memory clock speed of laptops that are a comparable age to the XPS 13 is 800MHz and the fastest is 1,800MHz.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The DELL XPS 13 has one of the slower processor clock speeds (only 1,600 megahertz) amongst medium processor core laptops of this age. The slowest processor clock speed of notebook PCs of this age and type is 800MHz and the fastest is 3,100MHz.

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Very Slow Maximum WiFi Data Rate

The maximum WiFi data rate of medium processor core laptops that have been available for a similar time to the XPS 13 range from 54 Mbit/s to 870 Mbit/s, and the average maximum WiFi data rate is 310 Mbit/s. With a maximum WiFi data rate of only 150 megabits per second, the DELL XPS 13 has a quite slow maximum WiFi data rate compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most laptops of a comparable type and age to the XPS 13 do not have a touch sensitive screen. The DELL XPS 13 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

There are a number of other notebook PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might also want to consider including the EliteBook 850, or the EliteBook 840 both from HP or the Lenovo X1 Carbon.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

Most portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the XPS 13 have between one and four USB 3.0 ports, including the DELL XPS 13 which has one USB 3.0 port.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

The average maximum internal memory (64-bit) of portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the XPS 13 is 12GB. The DELL XPS 13 has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (64-bit) (only 8 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 8 gigabytes, the DELL XPS 13 has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been available for a similar time to the XPS 13. Notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XPS 13 have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB.

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Only 128 Solid-State Drive Capacity

Most laptops that were launched around the same time as the XPS 13 have between 8 and 999 solid-state drive capacity, including the DELL XPS 13 which has 128 solid-state drive capacity.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

At only 2.3 gigahertz, the DELL XPS 13 has a very slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and type to the XPS 13. The average maximum turbo frequency of laptops that were released more than two years ago is 3GHz.

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Quite Low Speaker Power

The DELL XPS 13 has a fairly low speaker power (only 1.5 Watts) compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been around for around the same time as the XPS 13. Medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago have speaker power of between 1W and 11W.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The DELL XPS 13 is a one USB 2.0 port laptop.

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Only 3 Bluetooth Version

The DELL XPS 13 supports a better bluetooth version than most medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to it. This DELL laptop supports a 3 Bluetooth version, whereas most portable PCs that were released around the same time as it support a 4 Bluetooth version. The best bluetooth version of all portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years is 4.0 EDR and the worst is 2.1.

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3 Other reasons to consider the DELL XPS 13

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this notebook PC was released.

Intel Core I5-2xxx Processor Family

The DELL XPS 13 has an Intel Core i5-2xxx processor family which is better than most medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. Most portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Battery Life

At 8.53 hours, the DELL XPS 13 has a relatively standard battery life compared to most of the other laptops that have been around for more than two years.

Portable PCs with a longer battery life that might also be worth looking at include the Lenovo X220 (8.8h and higher rated).

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30 December 2015

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29 December 2015

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21 December 2015

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15 December 2015

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Manufacturer Part Numbers i55200, i56200, i56200u, i55200u, dell i52467, dell i56200, dell i52467m, dell i56200u, dell xps93432727, dell dellxps13v1, dell dellxps13v2, dell xps93432727s, dell xps93432727sl, dell xps93432727slv
Barcodes 00884116165118, 05397063162819, 05397063219735, 05397063219766, 05397063220267, 05397063281022
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